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[AfriNIC-rpd] The "Out of Region Sales for IPv4 Space" Policy Proposal is now Online

Mukom Akong T tamon at
Tue Feb 15 14:46:16 UTC 2011

Dear Colleagues,

You can find it at  
See a text version below:


Unique identifier: AFPUB-2011-v4-003-draft-01
Draft Policy Name: Out of Region Sales for IPv4 Space
Author: Andrew Alson | aa at | TENET South Africa
Draft Policy Version: 01
Submission Date: February 10th 2011
Related Policies:

1.0 Summary of the Problem Being Addressed by this Policy Proposal

With IANA already developing policies for the transfer of space between 
RIR¹s and with the depletion of IPv4 space in other regions approaching 
faster and faster every day, there is a high likelihood that the rest of 
the world will turn to the unused African allocations for more IPv4 
space.  With AfriNIC having enough space to last what amounts to a 
couple of years, there is sufficient space to allow for sale of a 
portion of this space outside of the African region.

2.0. Summary of How this Proposal Addresses the Problem Above

This proposal prevents the situation where foreign entities are trying 
to grab the space through illicit means, and regulate the distribution 
of the space while providing some benefit back to the African 
community.  This policy will also allow for further revenue streams into 
AfriNIC, which can be used for the active promotion and development of 
IPv6.  Further more, the policy will prevent a situation where we are 
sitting with large blocks of unused IPv4 space long after such space 
becomes useable, due to the rest of the world having migrated to IPv6.

3.0 The proposal:

On the date of depletion of IPv4 resources within either the 
RIPE/APNIC/LACNIC/ARIN regions, AfriNIC will make available space out of 
a single unallocated /8 for sale to foreign entities.

3.1  Such space will be sold at a premium price, currently for the 
purposes of this proposal at LIR rate + 100% in order to allow for 
growth in AfriNIC revenue streams .

3.2 The foreign entities applying for this space will have to meet all 
standard AfriNIC space allocation requirements.

3.3 No more than one /8 out of the available AfriNIC space will be made 
available for this purpose.

4.0 Summary

While this policy may seem like a potential way to allow the rest of the 
world to pillage the African resources, it can be argued that the space 
will be used by foreign entities irrespective of the will of the African 
community.  This policy merely allows the African community to, in some 
small way, benefit from the resources we have available.

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